FCC Chairman Brings Budget To House Panel
June 10, 2010 at 4:01 AM (PT)
FCC Chairman JULIUS GENACHOWSKI went before the House Appropriations Commitee's Subcommittee on Financial Services and General Government WEDNESDAY (6/9) to present the Commission's proposed fiscal 2011 budget. The proposed budget "is essential to the implementation of the National Broadband Plan," GENACHOWSKI told the panel.
The Commission is asking for $352.5 million, a $19.4 million increase, which GENACHOWSKI said is "primarily needed to permit the Commission to bring additional employees with the technical skills needed to support our work to promote investment, competition, job creation, public safety, and our global competitiveness."
The budget includes a one-time base increase of $11.1 million to add 75 employees focused on cyber-security, broadband, data systems, "mak(ing) the FCC a model for excellence in government," "revitaliz(ing) our standing internationally," and "new information technologies that will ensure broad-based public participation and unprecedented transparency in agency deliberations." An additional $6.4 million is being requested for certain pay raises, and $900,000 would be added for public safety and homeland security efforts.
GENACHOWSKI is also asking for about $8.2 million for three technology initiatives, $4.3 million to continue the overhaul of the agency’s information technology systems, $2.88 million to continue work on a new centralized data center, and $2.4 million to support the spectrum inventory initiative and broadband mapping effort. The FCC is also looking for $1.5 million for the Emergency Response Interoperability Center (ERIC).
The Chairman also used the appearance to tout the benefits of the National Broadband Plan and update the panel on its progress.